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REGI Shuttering New Boston, Texas Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2019-07-26
Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group (REGI) reports it is mothballing its New Boston, Texas biorefinery due to challenging business conditions and continued federal policy uncertainty -- the long-lapsed federal biodiesel tax credit, the company said. The 15-million gpy biodiesel plant near Texarkana, Texas, is capable of running both high and low free fatty acid feedstocks and has truck and rail access.

REGI operates 14 biorefineries in the US and Europe. In 2018, the company produced 502 million gallons of cleaner fuel delivering over 4 million metric tons of carbon reduction. (Source: REGI, PR, 25 July, 2019) Contact: REGI, Cynthia J. Warner, President and CEO, 515-239-8000, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group ,  Biodiesel,  


REGI Launches Clean Fuel Resource Website (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group ,REGI
Date: 2019-07-01
Ames, Iowa-based Biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group (REGI) is touting a new website www.regi.com that includes hundreds of resources about biodiesel, renewable diesel, and emission-cutting fuels.

The new website also features a resource center with white papers, case studies, tips, articles and information for the news media. This library serves as a centralized location for visitors to learn about the environmental, performance, and financial benefits of biodiesel, renewable diesel, and other fuels. (Source: REGI, 1 July, 2019) Contact: REGI, 515-239-8000, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News REGImBiofuel,  Biodiesel,  


Renewable Energy Group DFT's Newest Member (Ind. Report)
Diesel Technology Forum, Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2019-06-21
The Washington, D.C.-headquartered not-for-profit Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) is reporting Ames, Iowa-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI)has joined its ranks.

The Diesel Technology Forum promotes the use of the newest clean diesel technologies, including biodiesel and advanced renewable diesel fuels in the U.S. and worldwide.

Since its founding in 1996, REGI has produced more than 2 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel -- biodiesel -- fuel; constructed or acquired commercial-scale biofuel refineries across the United States and in Europe; and established a delivery and supply network for biodiesel and other renewable fuels. The company operates 14 active biorefineries, technology development capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio.

The not-for-profit Diesel Technology Forum is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. (Source: Diesel Technology Forum, PR, Global News Wire, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Diesel Technology Forum , Allan Schaffer, Exec. Dir., Sarah Dirndorfer, 301-668-7230, sdirndorfer@dieselforum.org, www.dieselforum.org; REGI, Gary Haer, VP, (515) 239-8104, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Diesel Technology Forum ,  Renewable Energy Group,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


ExxonMobil, REGI , Clariant Ink Cellulosics R&D JV (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil, REGI , Clariant
Date: 2019-01-24
Irving, Texas-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it is entering into a joint research agreement with Renewable Energy Group (REGI) and Muttenz, Switzerland-based Clariant AG to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from agricultural waste and residues to produce biofuel. The partners will also work on a conceptual engineering study to validate the feasibility of the integrated process comprising the technologies of all parties.

The partners aim to combine Clariant's Sunliquid® and REGI's processes into a seamless cellulosic biomass-to-biodiesel technology.

Clariant will conduct trials at its pre-commercial plant in Straubing, Germany, using different types of cellulosic feedstock that will be converted into sugars for conversion by REG and ExxonMobil into high-quality, low-carbon biodiesel. (Source: Exxon Mobil, Chemistry Views, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact:Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  REGI ,  Clariant,  Cellulosic,  Biodiesel,  Biouel,  


Conn. Firm Developing New Bio-Residual Oil (Ind. Report)
Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp
Date: 2019-01-14
Conn.-based Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp. is touting BRO, a new bio-residual oil produced from recycled vegetable grease and animal fat that it is using to power its 50,000-square-foot plant in Danbury this winter. The company is further developing the bio-residual oil on behalf of and in cooperation with Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group (REGI).

According to REGI, BRO produces up to 135,000 BTUs per gallon, a higher BTU value than coal or wood-fiber material, with approximately 100 to 125 pct more energy per pound than wood chips or pellets and burns cleaner by creating less particulate matter and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to alternative fuels. BRO also has the lowest carbon intensity of any commercially available liquid fuel.

Commercialization of the product could begin within a couple of years. Preferred notes it would partner with REGI to sell the product and that it previously worked to develop a "liquid wood" burner system for Canadian biocrude producer Ensyn Corp.,

Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation is an engineering-based manufacturer of products for commercial, institutional, industrial and nuclear power facilities. Products include fuel oil handling systems and components, boiler instrumentation and controllers, high quality burners and nuclear power plant outage reduction tools and component parts. (Source: Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp., Jan., 2019) Contact: Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corp., David Bohn, Pres, CEO, (203) 743-6741, www.preferred-mfg.com; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Renewable Energy Group,  ,  Biodiesel,  


Boston Law Firm Touts Renewable Energy Practice (Ind. Report)
Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Date: 2018-12-07
In the Bay State, the Boston-based legal firm Sherin and Lodgen LLP is reporting the expansion of its Solar Energy practice and created a national Renewable Energy Practice Group to meet the needs of the accelerating renewable energy and energy storage industries. The he new group's services will include:
  • Purchase and sale of renewable energy projects at all stages of development/operation;

  • Securing easement and leasing rights in connection with solar and wind farm assemblages, collection systems, and transmission;

  • Structuring debt financing for solar project portfolios;

  • Engineering, procurement, and construction contracts with third party contractors for both solar and storage development;

  • Environmental issues related to the development of ground mounted facilities on landfills, brownfields, and Superfund sites;

  • Negotiating power purchase agreements with private, public, and municipal offtakers;

  • Negotiating ground, rooftop, and parking canopy leases for solar development;

  • Advice and consultation related to securing, documenting and preserving tax credits through federal and state incentive programs (includes Massachusetts SMART program) arising from renewable energy production;

  • Utility RFP bids for renewable energy;

  • Payment in Lieu of Tax Agreements (PILOT) with Massachusetts municipalities;

  • Environmental regulatory matters related to Massachusetts Endangered Species Act, Massachusetts Chapter 91 (tidelands)and Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act and other marine mammal protection regulations impacting offshore wind development;

  • Negotiation of energy savings agreements for manufacturing entities. (Source: Sherin and Lodgen LLP, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Sherin and Lodgen LLP, Bethany A. Bartlett, Renewable Energy Group Chair, (617) 646-2000, www.sherin.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


  • REGI, Phillips 66 Plan WA. Renewable Diesel Facility (Ind. Report)
    REGI, Phillips 66
    Date: 2018-11-02
    Oil industry major Phillips 66 and Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) are reporting plans to construct a large-scale renewable diesel plant adjacent to the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery in Washington state.

    The plant would utilize REG's proprietary BioSynfining® technology for the production of renewable diesel fuel from waste fats, oils and greases, regionally-sourced vegetable oils, animal fats and various other feedstocks. The companies expect to make a final investment decision in 2019, and If approved, begin production in 2021.

    REG owns and operates 13 biomass-based diesel refineries, with a combined effective production capacity of 565 million gpy. This includes REG Geismar, a 75-million gpy plant in Louisiana and the 100 million gpy REG Grays Harbor biodiesel plant in Washington state. (Source: Phillips 66, REGI, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: Phillips 66, Brian Mandell, VP Marketing, Joe Gannon, 832-765-4547, joe.gannon@p66.com, www.phillips66.com; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News REGI,  Phillips 66,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Global Biomass Pellet Market -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Biomass
    Date: 2018-06-18
    The Global Biomass Pellet Market research report from QY investigates both historical data and current advancements in the market to provide map a reasonable trajectory of the biomass pellet market for an unbiased overview of the biomass pellet market.

    The report includes market trends, essential variables, difficulties, opportunities, and future market development and prospects. The report also tracks the emerging applications, innovative technologies, and mergers & acquisitions.

    According to the report, key players include: German Pellets, Enviva, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group, Pacific BioEnergy Corporation, Vyborgskaya Cellulose, Rentech, Graanul Invest Group, RWE Innogy, Lignetics, E-pellet, Drax Biomass, General Biofuels, BlueFire Renewables, Pfeifer Group. Geographis areas covered include: Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe, Middle-East & Africa and North America.

    Pellet biofuels are made from a wide variety of compressed organic matter -- biomass including industrial waste and co-products, food waste, agricultural residues, energy crops, and virgin lumber. The factors driving the growth of the market include low GHG emission from biomass, increased government initiatives for renewable technologies, need for constant energy supply and massive untapped biomass potential.

    Global Biomass Pellet Market report details are available HERE. (Source: QY Reports, Pr, June, 2018) Contact: QY Reports, +91-9764607607, sales@qyreports.com, www.qyreports.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    REGI Ralston Biodiesel Plant Expansion Completed (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2018-05-11
    In the Hawkeye State, Ames-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) is reporting the completion of its $32 million expansion and upgrade project at its 2002 vintage, Ralston, Iowa, biodiesel plant. The plant's production capacity has been increased from 12 to 30 MMgy. The plant's logistics and storage capabilities were also improved.

    REG broke ground on the project in November 2016 with an initial $24 million commitment. As the project developed, the company invested another $8 million for additional improvements. (Source: REGI, Biodiesel, Others, May, 2018)Contact: REG, (515) 239-8104, www.regi.com/ultracleandiesel, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  Biodiesel,  


    REGI Launches REG Ultra Clean Diesel (New Pprod & Tech)
    REGI
    Date: 2018-05-04
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc.(REGI) is touting REG Ultra Clean Diesel, its latest innovation in diesel fuel.

    Patent-pending, low-emissions REG Ultra Clean Diesel is made of a proprietary blend of renewable diesel and biodiesel and is California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved for year-round use throughout California under the Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation. REG Ultra Clean Diesel reduces total hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions by 15 pct, particulate matter emissions by 40 pct, emits less nitrogen oxides (NOx) and offers even greater emissions reductions when compared to conventional diesel, according to the company. (Source: Renewable Energy Group Inc, 2 May, 2018) Contact: REG, (515) 239-8104, www.regi.com/ultracleandiesel, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group Inc.,  REGI,  Clean Diesel,  


    First Solar Selected for 50Mw Indiana Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Vectren Energy,First Solar
    Date: 2018-03-16
    In the Hoosier State, Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana reports it has selected First Solar, Inc. to construct a 50-mw solar array included in Vectren's long-term electric generation transition plan.

    The 150,00 panel, single-axis tracking solar array, which is slated to be fully operational in the fall of 2020, will generate sufficient power for more than 11,000 households per year.

    The project is subject to Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approval, which is expected in the first half 2019. (Source: Vectren Corp., PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Vectren, Carl Chapman, Pres., CEO, (812) 491-5105, www.vectren.com; First Solar, www.firstsolar.com; Orion Renewable Energy Group LLCwww.orionrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vectren Energy,  Solar,  First Solar,  


    REGI Comments on Federal Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit for 2017 Reinstatement (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In Ames, Iowa, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) president Randy Howard released the following statement with regards to Federal Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit for 2017 Reinstatement:

    "We are pleased that Congress recognized the importance of biomass-based diesel and its place in the value chain and passed a retroactive extension of the biodiesel mixture excise tax credit for 2017. This credit will allow needed infrastructure investments to grow the production and distribution of these valuable renewable products. However, we are disappointed that despite strong bi-partisan support, Congress did not complete the job and continue the biodiesel tax credit into the future. Though frustrated with the partial outcome, we would like to thank all of our supporters and champions; a large group of members worked tirelessly on our behalf and we appreciate their efforts. Specifically, we would like to thank Sen. Grassley, Sen. Cantwell and their allies for their unwavering support for our industry.

    "We are pleased our supporters in Congress continue to recognize the value the biodiesel tax credit brings, like lower RIN costs, continued economic development, jobs, support of our nation’s farmers and a cleaner environment. We will continue to work alongside our elected officials and the administration on a long-term extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. Doing so is not only smart energy policy, it's smart tax policy." (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc.,PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, (703) 822-1972, Scott Hedderich Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, (515) 710-6248, Scott.hedderich@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  ,  REGI,  Biodiesel,  


    40 pct of Power from Renewables by 2040, say IEA (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2017-11-22
    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable energy will comprise 40 pct of global power generation by 2040 as renewable energy's share of the worldwide power generation over the next 5 years grows faster than any other source.

    The following are the top 13 renewable energy companies in the world, according to Thomson Reuters' inaugural Energy 100 list: Canadian Solar, Crop Energies, First Solar, GCL Poly, Guodian Technology and Environment Group, Green Plains, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, Inox Wind, Jiangsu Akcome Science & Technology Co., Motech Industries Inc., Pacific Ethanol, and Renewable Energy Group Inc (Source: IEA, Business Insider, 19 Nov., 2017) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  


    ExxonMobil, REG Tout Cellulosic Biodiesel R&D Progress (R&D)
    xxonMobil ,Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Clinton, New Jersey, ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group's REG Life Sciences unit report that by utilizing REG's patented fermentation technology their 2016 joint research program has demonstrated the ability to produce biodiesel through fermentation of renewable cellulosic sugars from agricultural wastes. The companies have agreed to extend the research program and to jointly explore the technology's scalability and commercial potential.

    The research also confirmed REG Life Sciences technology can achieve substantial reductions of full-lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional diesel fuel.

    ExxonMobil is also actively researching other emission-reducing technologies, including algae biofuels and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). In June 2017, ExxonMobil and partner Synthetic Genomics, Inc. announced a joint research breakthrough in advanced biofuels involving the modification of an algae strain that more than doubled its oil content without significantly inhibiting the strain's growth. (Source: ExxonMobil, Auto Channel, Others, Oct., 2017)Contact: REG Life Sciences, Eric Bowen, VP, www.regi.com/technologies/life-sciences; ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP, R&D, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com, Twitter www.twitter.com/exxonmobil.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News xxonMobil,  Renewable Energy Group ,  Biodiesel,  Cellulosic,  


    Active Energy Raises £1.75Mn for CoalSwitch Biomass Fuel Rollout (Ind. Report)
    Active Energy
    Date: 2017-11-01
    Following on our Sept. 25th coverage, UK-based renewable energy specialist Active Energy Group PLC reports it has raised £1.75 million as it looks to accelerate the international commercial roll out of its CoalSwitch biomass fuel.

    CoalSwitch recently received a major leg-up through a deal with California-based renewable energy group Lumino Capital to build eight plants across Asia. Advanced Biomass Solutions (ABS), AEG's biomass affiliate, will construct and run the plants while Lumino will source the biomass feedstock as well as providing finance. Together, the new plants will be a standalone entity with total production 1.5 million tpy of the CoalSwitch product. Construction of the first of the 6 plants is slated for early 2018. (Source: Active Energy Group, Proactive Investors, 1 Nov., 2017) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy,  CoalSwitch,  Woody Biomass Fuel,  


    Grassley Urges Trump to "Keep Biodiesel Promise" (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-10-13
    Speaking earlier this week at Renewable Energy Group's (REGI) biorefinery in Newton, Iowa, Senator Chuck Grassley (R - Iowa) didn't pull his punches when he said President Trump "should keep his promise and not just protect, but grow biodiesel volumes." Grassley was joined by biodiesel producers, soybean and corn farmers and other biodiesel related industries to discuss the EPA's proposal reducing minimum volumes for biomass-based diesel for 2018 as well as further reductions to the proposed 2019 volumes that are favored by the petroleum industry.

    Grassley also spoke about his American Renewable Fuel and Job Creation Act of 2017 and continuing effort to re-instate the federal biodiesel tax credit, which lapsed at the end of 2016, and reform the incentive to focus it strictly on domestically produced biodiesel. "A credit for domestic production will ensure we're incentivizing the domestic industry, rather than subsidizing imported biodiesel. We should not provide a U.S. taxpayer benefit to imported biofuels. A producer credit will do what Congress intended -- incentivize investment in U.S. biodiesel production," the Senator said. (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Globe NewsWire, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: REGI, Brad Albin, VP Manufacturing, Anthony Hulen, Corporate Affairs, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.rwegi.com; Senator Chuck Grassley, 202) 224-3744, www.grassley.senate.gov/contact

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Grassley,  Renewable Energy Group,  Biodiesel,  RFS,  


    REGI Testifies on Biomass-Based Diesel Volumes (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group Inc.
    Date: 2017-08-04
    On Tuesday in Washington, three leaders from advanced biomass-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (REGI) told EPA officials that ample feedstocks, technology and quality advances and subsidized imported biofuel are three reasons why the agency should increase the biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel minimum volumes.

    The proposed rule would hold the biomass-based diesel minimum volume for 2019 at the same 2.1 billion gallon level as the final 2018 RVO. The proposal also calls for a 40 million gallon reduction (ethanol equivalent gallons) in the 2018 total advanced biofuel, calling for 4.24 billion gallons, down from the 4.28 billion gallons in the final 2017 rule. REGI will submit official comments on the proposal by the August 31 deadline. (Source: REGI, 1 Aug., 2017) Contact: REGI, Anthony Hulen Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, + (703) 822-1972 anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group ,  REGI,  Biodiesel RFS,  


    REGI Completes German Biorefinery Upgrades (Int'l Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-07-24
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc. is reporting completion of upgrades at its biodiesel plant in Emden, Germany, at a cost of approximately € 2.5 million ($2.9 million). The upgrade included installation of a new biodiesel distillation column and a thermal oil heater.

    REGI took sole ownership of the Emden biorefinery in January after its initial majority investment in the former Petrotec AG in December, 2016. (Source: REGI, Business Record, 20 July, 2017) July 20, 2017) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Pres, Anthony Hulen, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, Jean Scemama, VP REG Energy Europe, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  Ethanol,  REGI,  


    REGI Lauds California Low-Carbon Fuels Standard Extension (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-07-21
    Ames, Iowa-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) is lauding California lawmakers for approving pro-low carbon fuels legislation A.B. 398. The legislation included a ten-year extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which encourages greater use of biomass-based diesel.

    "As a leading provider of lower-carbon biomass-based diesel in California and North America, REG is thankful to Golden State legislators for these forward thinking actions that will further improve California's carbon reduction efforts and help provide cleaner burning fuel for its citizens. As a long-time Californian, I have seen firsthand how the LCFS and cap-and-trade have improved our air quality and enhanced our energy security. This long term commitment will further both of those worthwhile goals and provide many more environmental and economic benefits." (Source: REGI, July 19, 2017) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, (703) 822-1972, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  


    Xcel Plans Benson Power Biomass Plant Closing (Ind. Report)
    Benson Power,Fibrowatt
    Date: 2017-07-17
    Following-up on our May 1, 2017 coverage, Xcel Energy reports it is seeking Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approval to cease power production and terminate its Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Benson Power LLC in Benson, Minnesota.

    The Benson facility, the first power plant in the U.S. designed to burn poultry litter as its main source of fuel, generates 55 MW of electric power from a combination of turkey manure and wood chips. All of the energy is purchased by Xcel Energy. The plant, which was developed by Fibrowatt LLC, part of the Homeland Renewable Energy Group, went into production in 2007.

    Xcel Energy has made four other filings with the PUC related to ending the state's biomass mandate requiring it to purchase power produced from wood chips, turkey litter and other biomass. (Source: Xcel Energy, Swift County Monitor-News, Others, July 14, 2017) Contact: Benson Energy, (320) 843-9013; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fibrominn,  Turkey Litter,  Woody Biomass,  Xcel Energy,  Benson Power,  


    REGI Lauds Ill. Biodiesel Incentive Extension (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-07-10
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) praised Illinois lawmakers for approving a five-year extension of a significant biodiesel incentive that was slateed to expire at the end of 2018. Under present legislation, Illinois biodiesel retailers are granted a 20 pct exemption of the state's 6.25 pct excise tax for selling biodiesel blends of 1 to 10 percent (B1 to B10). A full exemption of the state excise tax is provided for blends of 11 percent (B11) or more.

    The Illinois House and Senate over rode Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the tax package, which extends through 2023 the full excise tax exemption for B11 and higher biodiesel blends. (Source: REGI, Globe Newswire, 7 July, 2017) Contact: REGI, Gary Haer, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, + (703) 822-1972, gary.haer@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Incentive,  


    REGI Statement on EPA's Proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-07-07
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) President and CEO Randy Howard issued the following statement regarding the U.S, EPA's release of the proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for 2018 Conventional and Advanced Biofuel and 2019 Biomass-Based Diesel: "This proposal offers REGI and the American biomass-based diesel industry the opportunity to prove once again how we exceed expectations and we fully embrace that opportunity. The RVO is only one tool that aids biomass-based diesel growth and it is our job to convince policymakers that it should not restrain growth of American-made renewable fuel.

    "We remain confident in a positive outcome in the trade complaint against unfairly subsidized imported biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, and are just as confident that U.S. production can make up for any lost import volumes. And finally, there is momentum to reinstate and reform the federal biodiesel tax incentive to focus it on domestically produced fuel. So, we look forward to additional meetings with the Administration in the coming weeks to show how an industry that is only running at about 65 percent capacity, has ample feedstock supply, and is helping fill growing diesel demand can help President Trump reaffirm his commitment to growing the supply of all American made fuels." (Source: REGI, PR, 5 July, 2017) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Pres, Anthony Hulen, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax IncentiveRenewable Energy Group,  


    REGI Opens Amsterdam Operations Center (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-05-31
    Ames, Iowa-based advanced biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group Inc (REGI) is reporting the opening of an operations centre in Amsterdam to support the company’s international operations.

    With 14 active biorefineries, a feedstock processing facility, R&D capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio, REG utilises an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert natural fats, oils, greases, and sugars into lower carbon intensity products. (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Various Media, 30 May, 2017) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group ,  Biofuels,  


    REGI Closes on Biodiesel Plant Expansion Financing (Funding)
    Renewable Energy Group Inc
    Date: 2017-05-08
    Further to our November 9th, 2016 coverage, Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) reports it has secured financing of up to $20 million from First Midwest Bank for the previously announced $24 million capacity-expansion of its Ralston, Iowa, biodiesel refinery.

    The upgrade project, announced last November, is expected to increase the annual nameplate capacity of the Ralston biorefinery from 12 million to 30 million gpy. This would match the capacity at the company's biorefineries in Mason City and Newton, Iowa.

    REGI now owns 14 active biorefineries in the U.S. and Europe with a combined annual nameplate capacity of 502 million gpy. (Source: Renewable Energy Group Inc., Various Media, May 05, 2017) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group Inc.,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  Biodiesel,  


    REGI Secures Ralston Biodiesel Plant Upgrade Financing (Funding)
    Renewable Energy Group Inc.
    Date: 2017-05-03
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) reports it has secured up to $20 million in financing from First Midwest Bank for a $24 million capacity-expansion and upgrading of its biodiesel refinery in Ralston, Iowa.

    The plant upgrade is expected to increase the plant's capacity from 12 million to 30 million gpy. This would match the capacity at the company's other Iowa biorefineries in Mason City and Newton. It would also qualify for the existing 2 cents per gallon biodiesel production tax credit for seven years beginning January 1, 2018. In that year, the new law also adjusts the current retail incentive for fuel containing a minimum 5 percent biodiesel blend (B5) to 3.5 cents per gallon and creates a new 5.5 cents per gallon incentive for blends of B11 or more.

    REGI owns 14 active biorefineries in the United States and Europe with a combined annual nameplate capacity of 502 million gallons. (Source: REGI, 1 May, 2017) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres. and CEO, Anthony Hulen, Corp. Affairs, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group Inc.,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  


    REGI Biodiesel Sales Exceed 2Bn Gallons (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group Inc., REGI
    Date: 2017-03-06
    Less than three years after marking its first billion gallons of cumulative biomass-based diesel sales, Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) announced that the company has sold more than 2 billion gallons cumulatively of biomass-based diesel.

    An important part of REGI's sales growth is the successful operation at full production capacity at its 75 MMgy nameplate capacity renewable hydrocarbon diesel biorefinery in Geismar, Louisiana. Following two incidents in 2015, REG made repairs and process improvements at the biorefinery including added feedstock and finished fuel storage and significant proprietary pre-treatment capabilities.

    REGI also acquired Petrotec, the leading used cooking oil to biodiesel producer in Continental Europe. The acquisition brings to REGI an excellent team, waste-based biodiesel plants in Emden and Oeding, Germany, and Vital Fettrecycling, a used cooking oil collection business. This expansion into Europe increases REGI's worldwide nameplate capacity to over 500 MMgy and establishes a position for international trade and further growth opportunities.

    REGI also saw strong production across its U.S. fleet of biorefineries in 2016. REGI Grays Harbor produced 72.3 million gallons of biodiesel for the year, which is 48 pct higher than the previous record there. REGI Madison, the 20 MMgy nameplate plant acquired in March 2016, made immediate contributions to production and sales. (Source: Renewable Energy Group Inc., PR, 2 Mar., 2017) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

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    Notable Quote
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2016-12-07
    "While our industry has shown that higher volumes of biomass-based diesel can and will be produced and consumed, this final rule elevates the growth trajectory for our cleaner, lower carbon intensity advanced biofuel. Biomass-based diesel will continue to lead the way. We appreciate the support of those at the EPA, many others throughout the Administration and our bi-partisan champions on Capitol Hill who all helped make this possible." -- Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Renewable Energy Group Inc., commenting on the EPA's increase in the Advanced Biofuel Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) released in late November. Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

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    Biofuels Welcome Trump's Triumph, Stocks Tumble (Ind. Report)
    RFA,Growth Energy,Novozymes
    Date: 2016-11-11
    Biofuels International reports that US biofuels industry players and organizations are voicing support for Presidential-elect Donald Trump with warm greetings and almost pandering phrases:

    "He understands the importance of clean, domestic energy resources and the economic power of value-added agriculture. We are confident Trump will continue to support the expanded production and use of fuel ethanol." -- Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen.

    "Trump has publicly supported the RFS throughout his campaign, and consistently opposed any efforts to roll back this policy. In fact, the RFS was one issue where both candidates found common ground, and we applaud their recognition of the importance that biofuels, like ethanol, play in fueling our country.” -- Growth Energy, CEO Emily Skor

    "During the campaign, the President-elect expressed support for biotechnology generally and bioenergy and agriculture specifically, all core to America's economy and keeping our country on the leading edge of innovation and discovery. It's incumbent on the private sector to imagine and build cutting-edge solutions to solve society's challenges -- but we count on the President-elect to encourage that kind of groundbreaking innovation with smart, consistently-administered policy." -- Novozymes, Adam Monroe Pres. Americas Operations

    At the same time, Trump's triumph sent biofuels shares tumbling as Investors hedged against Trump's victory upsetting the US biofuel market with possible changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) or ditching of RIN compliance credits. Green Plains and Renewable Energy Group shares fell along with the renewable identification number (RIN) prices. Meanwhile, shares of US independent refiners jumped, including CVR Refining, which saw the largest upturn in its share prices in the company's history. (Source: Various Sources, Biofuels International, 10 Nov., 2016) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, CEO, (202) 269-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org; Novozymes, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com

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    REGI Plans Ralston Biorefinery Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group Inc.
    Date: 2016-11-09
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) reports it will invest approximately $24 million to expand its 12 million gpy soy biorefinery in Ralston, Iowa, to 30 million gpy. The expansion announcement comes on the heels of Jefferson, Iowa-based Landus Cooperative's recent $27 million SoyPlus Plant Expansion.

    The expansionincreases REGI's cumulative nameplate capacity from its 11 active biomass-based diesel plants across the country to 470 million gpy. (Source: REGI, Various Media, BFI, 31 Oct., 2016)Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com; Landus Cooperative, www.landuscooperative.com

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    REGI Plans $24Mn Ralston Biorefinery Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group,Landus Cooperative
    Date: 2016-11-02
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) reports it will invest approximately $24 million to expand its 12 million gpy soy biorefinery in Ralston, Iowa, to 30 million gpy. The expansion announcement comes on the heels of Jefferson, Iowa-based Landus Cooperative's recent $27 million SoyPlus Plant Expansion.

    The completed Ralston expansion would increase REGI's cumulative nameplate capacity from its 11 active biomass-based diesel plants across the country to 470 million gpy. (Source: REGI, Various Media, BFI, 31 Oct., 2016)Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com; Landus Cooperative, www.landuscooperative.com

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    Bankrupt KiOR Site Clearance Set for Year End (Ind. Report)
    KiOR,Georgia Renewable Power,Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2016-10-12
    Following on our May 16th coverage, the Lowndes County Port Authority in Columbus, Mississippi, is reporting that the purchasers of the ill-fated KiOR cellulosic biofuel plant in Columbus now hope to have the 22-acre site cleaned by the year end. The two companies have isseed several previous demolotion deadlines.

    When KiOR collapsed in 2014, Georgia Renewable Power grabbed 75 pct of KiOR's equipment for $2.1 million while Renewable Energy Group paid $1.6 million for the balance of KiOR's physical assets. (Source: Lowndes County Port Authority, 9 Oct., 2016) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, President, CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com; Georgia Renewable Power, www.georgiapower.com; Lowndes County Port Authority, (667)329-5886, www.lowndescountyport.org

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    REGI Upgrades, Expands Danville Biodiesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2016-10-12
    The biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) reports it has completed a $34.5 million upgrade to its Danville, Illinois FAME plant.

    The investment includes the addition of biodiesel distillation and other manufacturing upgrades allowing the 45 million gpy nameplate capacity biorefinery to use a wider array of lower carbon intensity feedstocks. The project also included logistical improvements such as an additional truck loadout, new warehouse and office space, and the acquisition and integration of approximately 13 million gallons of biofuel and feedstock storage from the neighboring Bunge facility. (Source: REGI Website, PR, 10 Oct., 2016)Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, President, CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972, anthony.hulen@regi.com, www.regi.com

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